Carolyn Ryan is the senior editor for politics at The New York Times and ran the publication's coverage of the 2016 presidential election. Before she was named senior editor for politics in 2015, Ryan oversaw coverage of Washington as politics editor and Washington bureau chief. She had been deputy editor for the Metro section’s government and politics coverage since joining The Times in 2007.
Earlier this year, The Times added Ryan to the masthead. She joined the highest leadership ranks of the newsroom as assistant editor in charge of recruiting journalists.
Before coming to The Times, Ryan worked for The Boston Globe where she held several positions including deputy city editor, political editor, assistant managing editor for local news and deputy managing editor for local news. Before joining The Globe, Ryan was a statehouse bureau chief for the Boston Herald.
Ryan was a member of the team that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for its swift and sweeping coverage of the sex scandal that resulted in the resignation of Governor Eliot Spitzer.